COMMUNICATION STUDIES

COMMUNICATION STUDIES

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 100: Introduction to Communication (COMM 100, 3 Credits)
Fundamental concepts of communication with emphasis on the centrality of communication across a wide variety of contexts and its relevance in society. Focuses on the structures and processes of communication, including how messages are produced and received in interpersonal and intercultural relations, institutional life, and the world of mediated culture and politics.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 200: Argumentation & Dialogue (COMM 200, 3 Credits)
The study of and practice in the methods of critical thinking, argumentation, and dialogue. Incorporates inductive and deductive reasoning and evidence to advance original theses; recognize and avoid logical fallacies; develop and argue propositions of value; understand the role of standpoint and context in relation to audience reception of persuasive arguments.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 225: Public Speaking (COMM 225, 3 Credits)
Application of rhetorical theory and techniques for constructing, presenting, and evaluating public presentations, with emphasis on creativity, reasoning, evidence, organization, and delivery.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 259: Business Communication (COMM 259, 3 Credits)
Use of strategic communication in business with a focus on oral communication (public presentations covering informative and persuasive; interviewing; decision-making; negotiation; and small group communication), and written communication (resume writing, case study of decision-making, and interview critiques).

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 300: Communication Theory (COMM 300, 3 Credits)
Examination of the major 20th century frameworks for understanding the field of communication and their respective influences in the areas of social and political practice as well as cultural understanding.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 320: Conflict and Communication (COMM 320, 3 Credits)
Examination of the nature of communication where individuals and groups with differing assumptions about reality clash with one another about right and wrong.  In-depth look at strengths and weaknesses of the diverse types of discourse employed in recognizing and transcending conflict. Co-requisites: COMM 300 or COMM 330; enrollment restricted to students with Junior or Senior standing.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 330: Intercultural Communication (COMM 330, 3 Credits)
Discusses the traditional and critical theories, concepts, and principles regarding communication between and about people of different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Takes a culture-general approach to examine relationships through culture, communication, context (social, historical, and political), and power. Emphasizes domestic issues with attention given to how they impact and are impacted by international communities.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 340: Interviewing Principles and Practices (COMM 340, 3 Credits)
Examines interviewing as a method for eliciting information, resolving problems, and building personal communities. Discusses principles of effective interviewing in diverse contexts. Emphasizes practices that will be useful to their everyday lives and careers of students. Students conduct several types of interviews and complete self-appraisals of their performances.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 360: Mass Media and Society (COMM 360, 3 Credits)
Discusses theories, research methods, and empirical research findings related to the production and effects of mass communication on individuals and society. Surveys various forms of media, provides an overview of the historical formation of various media channels, and analyzes the impact of mass communication upon popular culture.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 370: World Wide Web as Mass Medium (COMM 370, 3 Credits)
Explores development of the World Wide Web and multimedia computing as mediums for textual, graphic, video, and audio mass media. Investigates personal, commercial, educational, and entertainment uses of the World Wide Web, and examines the social and cultural contexts of the World Wide Web. Focuses on how the information it distributes reflects social, economic, and political power attached to gender, race, social class, ethnicity, education, and other social groupings. Students will develop their own web pages with audio and video components.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 401: Rhetorical Theory (COMM 401, 3 Credits)
Explores development of rhetorical theory from Greek antiquity to the present. Examines the relationship between rhetorical theory and practice, the purpose(s) and conceptions of rhetoric to the social world, issues of agency and voice, and the role of rhetoric in (re)constituting identities.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 430: Power, Discourse and Social Identity (COMM 430, 3 Credits)
Questions how theories of discourse, identity, and power operate in conceptual and physical spaces (i.e., legal, mediated, policy making, etc.) relevant to current social issues. Emphasizes how politics of identity affect public debate and the formation of both codified and informal economic, political, and social policy.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 435: Communication and Gender (COMM 435, 3 Credits)
Introduces and explores theoretical and literal problems that have a bearing on the study of communication and its relevance to gender. Explores differences between males and females with respect to communication style, cultural motivation for these differences, and how these differences are reproduced through ongoing socialization. Interogates social and political implications, strategies, and tactics speakers deploy while attempting to negotiate and/or exploit gendered communication.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 440: Organizational Communication (COMM 440, 3 Credits)
Examines the theoretical and practical literature on the interaction within organizations and its bearing on individuals and groups in society at large. Themes stressed include the function of organizations within complex technological, market and sociopolitical environments, the communicative challenges of organizing, social responsibility and responsiveness, conflict mediation between organizational groups and individual actors, corporate wrongdoing, issues management, corporate political activity, institutional ethics, and whistle blowing.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 455: Television and Culture (COMM 455, 3 Credits)
Analyzes television programs through the lens of communication studies to examine representations of race, ethnicity, social class, gender, and sexual preference. Examines how television contributes resources of interpretation, discussion, and social activities that affect the ways people view society and social groups. Subjects include types of representation, how representations have changed over time, multiple interpretations of television representations, how viewers use them, the production practices and conventions that shape them, and the relationship between representations and structured inequality.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 465: Communication and Popular Culture (COMM 465, 3 Credits)
Introduces concepts and challenges that arise in the study of U.S. popular culture. Draws on a variety of theories and perspectives to critically examine the role of popular culture within the context of current social, political, and economic realities in the United States.